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I bought these clips to hold a long DVI cable that I ran along a couple walls. While the small-size clips were enough for an Ethernet cable, they could not hold a DVI cable, so I went up to this medium size instead. For those who are curious, while it may depend slightly on the exact cable, in my case, I don't have a lot of extra room in these hooks after the DVI cable has been fastened in it. I could maybe fit a very thin cable like a 3.5mm audio cable if I needed to, but I'm not sure about much else.
Application is just like other Command strips. (I've used the white ones before but wanted clear this time to not stick out so much on my non-white wall.) Clean the area with alcohol, let it try, then apply, and hold for so many seconds as suggested and wait before using. Unlike other reviewers, I haven't had any problems with the clear strips not sticking. However, I was simply sticking this to a wood panel wall and another nearly perfectly flat wall, so maybe I didn't have as much texture as these people did. The strips are definitely thinner than the white ones, so you may want to consider whether you value the extra sticking power or the unobtrusive colorlessness and transparency of these strips (and clips).
I haven't had to remove them yet, but I've never had any problems before. However, make sure you follow the directions for removal rather than just ripping them off the wall; that seems to be where most people run into problems. I would not hesitate to order these again if I need them, although on a white wall I might opt for the more time-tested white strips. In any case, the price here was much better than I could find locally for either one.
I'm a big fan of the Command brand and have purchased around $150 of the stuff, mostly to hang framed art and photographs. This particular product extension - the clips - are probably the least effective and most frustrating Command product. They do what they are supposed to do, they hold cable... but the adhesive - the very thing 3M is supposed to excel at - is awful. I bought two packages of these and on all but one clip, the adhesive has come off and the clip wouldn't stick to the wall. In the end, I had to glue them down. Oh, and unlike other Command products, you don't get an equal number of replacement adhesive strips with this product. Not that it would make any difference, of course, since the clips don't stick in the first place!
It's a great concept I'll tell you that. But the issue is when you clip these back or unclip them, you have to be super careful or they will break. I needed 2 to hold my phone charger cable onto the side of my bed side table to keep the cord easy access. The cables are 10 ft long so they typically end up on the floor without them and I didn't want them to get trampled on and ruined. The cable is very thin and nothing ever pulls or gives resistance onto the clip, yet it continues to break, even outside of clipping and unclipping them. There have been multiple times where I find out that somehow through the night, I have accidentally bumped it in my sleep and it broke. Keep in mind that I am not a violent sleeper and don't move around much while sleeping, so it doesn't take much to break these things. Will be switching to the Christmas light clips. The mechanism on this where you clip is back is not sturdy enough to last. I typically do not review items but this one has caused me so much frustration and I have given the product so many chances to work.
All 3M Command Strip products work great if you follow the instructions correctly. They all have a limited holding strength. They will hold to the wall if it is smooth. To remove cleanly you must follow the instructions and pull the tab in the specified direction (and only in that direction). If you try to pull the clip straight off the wall, something will rip with damage to the wall. Use it right and they are great.
Command products have become my first possible option when looking for unique solutions. For example: I wanted to hide-in-plain-site the power cord from a wall outlet to the back of my entertainment center. Enter the Command Clear Cord Clips. I was able to use the clips to hold the white power cord in a perfectly straight line across the nearly white wall. The cord did not become invisible, but is certainly looks professional and much better than being squiggly on the floor or dangling down in a crooked arc.
Another use I've found is putting one of these on the top vertical edge of the back of a night stand or end table, then feeding a charging cord through it. When not charging something, the cord can be dropped back onto the clip with the charging tip (usually) large enough to keep it from falling all the way through. This keeps the top of the table clear of clutter but still allowing easy retrieval of the charging cord.
PS: These clips are available in a small size too.
I bout these to control the wires around my laptop and intended to hook/unhook them to store cords when my laptop was off my desk or travelling with me. They hold the wires well (though are a little small for something thicker then an HDMI cable) but they do not work for repeated use. The first one I put up failed (the plastic hook that contains the wire) on it's 2nd use. The 2nd one failed on the 3rd use, and the 3rd one failed on the first use. I was careful with them so it's not a case of clumsy ogre strength. I've got one left, hopefully it lasts but I doubt it.
I would not recommend if you intend to regularly hook and unhook.
Love this. I wanted something to corral my coffee grinder's cord and this worked perfectly. I ended up using two (mostly because it wasn't possible to use one- the looped cord was too much for the clip to handle). I made like a figure-eight loop with the cord using two of the clips, and you don't see the cord at all from the front.
Those won't hold up to repeated use if you're opening and closing them. If you have cords you just need to run through and leave them in place these may work but if you need the cords out on a regular basis these will break quickly.